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Week of July 15, 2002

    Question:   I am currently a gout sufferer who is trying to lose weight to reduce the impact of this health issue. My doctor currently has me on 500 mg of Allupurinol and 75 mg of Indomethecin daily to help control. She just raised me to 500 mg. I still get acute attacks all the time. I have had this for a long time and it seems to keep getting worse every year. What else can I do to help alleviate the attacks and reduce the uric acid in my blood?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   Are dentists who have contracted Hepatitis (B) still allowed to practice? Is it safe for his patients if he occasionally does not wear gloves or a mask?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My husband has been diagnosed with sponge kidney. A friend of his told him his daughter had a sponge kidney and doctors took it out. They were told that having a sponge kidney could poison the other kidney. Is this true?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer